There seems to be a lingering expectation of the church for a particular style of preaching that I find unhelpful. The cultural norm of the evangelist (not evangelistic) pastor is not easy to break in the south.
The evangelist-preacher is not the pastor-teacher type. He mainly preaches the gospel (which should be preached every sermon) but not exclusively. There is a need to equip the saints for the work of the ministry. There is also a need to grow in godliness.
This type of preaching sets well with the typical church member. They believe the gospel. They amen the denouncing of those “big” sins they do not struggle with or the avoidance of the culturally accepted ones. They also like a fiery delivery. At the end of the day, this is not healthy for the church and the great commission we are called to.
What is needed is the faithful preaching, teaching, and applying of all of God’s word. We need to bring the gospel to bear on our souls and then care for each other’s soul. We need to make disciples of Christ. We need to equip the church for the work of the ministry.
For example, dads that read the word to their children. Employees that have a bible study after work. Supervisors that lead their company with biblical principles. When you have equipped members that are armed with the gospel invading every aspect of life, many more disciples for Christ far more possible.